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Forbidden Paradise (1924)Forbidden Paradise

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Star Pola Negri and director Ernst Lubitsch, who created an international sensation with the German super production DuBarry, Woman of Passion, were reunited
in the frothy Hollywood comedy/drama Forbidden Paradise. Negri is cast as Catherine, the Czarina of
an unnamed but very Russian-looking country. Rescued
from revolutionaries by dashing Captain Alexis Czerny (Rod LaRocque), Catherine "repays" the Captain in the boudoir. Czerny falls madly in love with the Czarina, only
to discover that he is the latest in a long line of royal consorts. Angrily, he joins the rebellion, vowing to topple the monarchy (but promising that Catherine will remain unharmed). When the revolution fails, Czerny is
sentenced to death, but Catherine rescinds the order
and allows him a happily-ever-after with his true love,
lady-in-waiting Anna (Pauline Starke). Adolphe Menjou,
a favorite of Lubitsch's, has all the film's best scenes as
a rakish chancellor. Based on a play by Lajos Biro and Melchoir Lengyel, Forbidden Paradise was remade in
1945 as A Royal Scandal, with Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine; the 1945 film was produced by Ernst Lubitsch, who fell ill during shooting and was forced to relinquish the directorial
responsibilities to Otto Preminger.        -- Hal Erickson

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